When you have a home, there will be repairs and maintenance that you’ll have to perform from time to time. This is very true when it comes to plumbing as well. There will be clogs, leaks, drips, replacements and all kinds of other things happening. You should know some plumbing basics to deal with it before you call a plumber. Proper maintenance can help to reduce problems. Here are some simple plumbing tricks you can try.
1. Hot Water For A Clogged Toilet
If your toilet is clogged, heat about 1 litre of water. It doesn’t have to be boiling, just hot. In fact, it’s preferable that it’s not boiling. From about waist-height, pour it into the toilet bowl. Hopefully, the hot water can help dissolve and remove the source of the clog. The force of the water should also help. A lot of the time, this can take care of the clog. You may want to do it once more just to make sure.
2. Flush Toilet Paper Only
Here’s something you may not know; apart from human waste, the only other thing you should flush is toilet paper. No matter what other things are branded as “flushable”, try not to flush them down the toilet. They can cause clogs and could be harmful to the environment. Toilet paper breaks down very easily and quickly and while other “flushable” items will go down the toilet, they can take a while to break down.
3. Dawn Or Drano?
Next time you have a clog in a drain or toilet, instead of reaching for the Drano, try Dawn dishwashing liquid soap. Let it sit for about 30 minutes, then turn the tap on or flush the toilet. Hopefully, it will resolve the problem. Dawn acts like a lubricant and helps to penetrate the clog and should help to make the blockage slip down the drain.
4. The Power Of Baking Soda & Vinegar
Pour half a cup of baking soda down a drain followed by half a cup of vinegar. Cover the drain and let this sit for a few minutes and then follow this up with some hot water. This is another trick you can use to unclog drains in the kitchen or bathroom sink.
5. The Wire Coat Hanger
To unclog a sink, take a wire coat hanger and straighten it. Make a small hook at one end. Stick this down the drain and start to pull out (do not push down!) any debris. You’ll see hair and lots of black, sticky-looking gunk. Get as much of this out and try running hot water through it. This should solve the problem.
Try these tricks before you call a plumber. Many times, you can resolve the problem. If you can’t, or if you’ve got a bigger issue, then call in the professionals.